Top Ten Social Networks for Education by David Kapuler

10/21/2011 1:18:16 PM

I'm a huge advocate of Web 2.0 in general, and social networking in particular. Here are my favorite networks for education that targets technology literacy.

1.  Twitter  - Far and away one of the most popular social networks around. This micro-tweeting platform is used worldwide and especially in education (search hash tags, edchat or edtech).
2.  Classroom 2.0  - Created by Steve Hargadon and used by thousands of educators on a daily basis. This site alone changed the way I viewed education and ignited my passion for Web 2.0.
3.  Facebook -nuff said!!
4.  Plurk  - A social network similar to Twitter with a timeline view and fun karma-based platform.
5.  Educator's PLN - Built by Thomas Whitby, this social network is one of the fastest growing around and some of the top technology based innovators can be found here.
6.  Learn Central  - Sponsored by elluminate, Learn Central is an ideal place for educators to host or learn through its virtual conferences.
7.  ISTE Community  - International Society for Technology & Education is a great place for educators to collaborate on technology issues.
8.  Edutopia  - A very popular organization created by the George Lucas foundation.
9.  Collaborative Translation  - Created by well renowned educator James O'Reilly, CT is a great place to learn and share innovative ideas.
10.  IT4ALL  - Integrating Technology 4 Active Life-Long Learners is a nice place for educators to share best practices for technology integration.

David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.

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